Born in Gary, IN and raised in Detroit, MI, I am most comfortable living in an urban area. I enjoy having easy access to the arts, professional sports teams, shopping, and dining opportunities located near my residence. Most of all I appreciate the diversity of people and ministering opportunities afforded me urban areas me in my quest of serving the Lord.
Growing up in a working-class family in Detroit, I spent lots of time playing outside urban games like "curb" ball, street baseball, throwing rocks at each other in the garbage pickup alley behind our houses and "pickle" a game played with a kid in the middle surrounded by two kids standing on "base" throwing a ball in hopes of tagging the kid in the middle out before he could reach a base.
I walked to elementary school (and junior, high school too) and rarely made above "C" in my classes and "S" in citizenship. When I had to go to high school, my parents moved to a Detroit Suburb, Warren, MI. Because our home was directly across from my high school, I was able to engage in playing football, basketball, track, and baseball. I also learned to play the clarinet (played until my second year of college), was active in stage crew (master technician senior year) and president of Youth For Christ club my junior and senior year.
After graduating high school, I attended Taylor University, (Indiana) Christian Liberal Arts school majoring in Social Sciences with a minor in Education. At the end of my sophomore year I married my wife (54 years and counting). Upon graduation, I began my teaching career in Indiana. With four years teaching experience and a master's degree from Ball State University (Indiana), my home church called me to be their Christian school's headmaster. Over the next twenty-one years, I would serve as headmaster of eight Christian schools as well as earn another master's degree (Wayne State University (Michigan) and an ABD University of Kansas).
My Christian school headmaster odyssey exposed me to Christian doctrines of SBC Baptist, GARBC, BBF Baptist churches as well as Christian Reform and non-denominational churches. Serving in different parts of America with an assortment of Christian personalities, has enhanced my appreciation of America's diversity of people and culture.
Moving from Fort Lauderdale to Houston eighteen years ago was motivated by the fact all my three "children" live in Houston and were starting families. During the past eighteen years I have taught human geography, government economics and US history for Texas Virtual School and Houston Independent School District.
A home accident (2017) has terminated my teaching career and rendered me a quadriplegic needing a 24/7 caregiver to sustaining my life functions. Transitioning from a fully engaged adult male to an individual under "house arrest", has taught me how gracious our Sovereign God is to me. I now have more time reading, writing, praying, meditating than at any prior time in my life. It's true I am facing different types of challenges but my confidence in God's love for me has never been higher! ❤️✝️🙏